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Title: Primary science in Fiji: Some reflections on activity-based lessons
Contributor(s): Taylor, Neil (author)orcid ; Macpherson, Colin (author)
Publication Date: 1992
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Abstract: Despite a tradition of rote learning in primary science, many teachers in Fiji attempt to provide activity-based lessons for their pupils. However, the way in which teachers direct these activities offers their pupils little opportunity to develop their intellectual skills and develops a dependency on the teacher which is difficult to break. The authors suggest that this problem is much broader than in just science teaching, and is much deeper than simply a teacher-training issue. They discuss the problem by first drawing on some classroom observations, then by theorizing that the problem is the result of a dominant cultural trait, and finally by proposing the main features of any program that aims at resolving the problem
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, 15(2), p. 40-44
Publisher: Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation, Regional Centre for Education in Science and Mathematics
Place of Publication: Malaysia
ISSN: 0126-7663
Field of Research (FOR): 130105 Primary Education (excl. Maori)
130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
130311 Pacific Peoples Education
HERDC Category Description: C2 Non-Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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